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Week 5 Batavia at Penn Yan preview

By Brian Hillabush

 Batavia (2-2) at Penn Yan (1-3)

7 p.m. Friday


Two game win streaks are something new to the Blue Devils, and coach Dan Geiger is hoping his squad can make it a third.

After losing to Le Roy and Palmyra-Macedon to start the season, Batavia has been playing some real solid football. The Blue Devils beat Waterloo 48-21 in Week 3 and then pounced on Midlakes 41-7 last week.

And the phrase "pounced on" is an accurate way to describe what happened last week.

Vinny Pedro returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and Rob Williams picked up a fumble and took it 99 yards for a score before Batavia even had one offensive play.

Of course, Batavia's first two offensive plays went for touchdowns as Williams had TD runs of 55 and 85 yards to start the team's first two drives.

A win here would be a big help as Batavia currently is in the No. 8 position in the standings for the Class B playoffs. Teams 9-12 in the classification will not make the playoffs.

Williams has been one of the top players in Section 5 this season and has not been getting the respect many in the area feel he deserves. It seems like he makes big plays on defense and special teams in every game and has rushed for 611 yards and eight touchdowns so far.

Anthony D'Aurizio is also having a big year running the football with 483 yards and four scores.

He leads the defense with 36 tackles, with Troy Ireland following with 34. Devonte Rolle has a pair of interceptions.

The biggest thing Batavia has to worry about is Penn Yan's offensive line. Geiger has been impressed with 295-pound Silvano Roman during film studies this week.

Penn Yan is coming off a 30-0 loss against East Rochester/Gananda and will be hungry to defend its home field.

Adam Trombley is the top PY running back. 

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